Concannon 2006 Heritage Petite Sirah (Livermore Valley)
A huge wine, power-packed in richness. Cherries, chocolate, raspberries, currants, licorice, even suggestions of spicy pecan pie flood the palate deliciously. Then the tannins kick in, and fierce they are. Acidity is fine, and the finish is bone dry. Drink this superior Petite Sirah now, and it should age for many…
Concannon 2005 Reserve Petite Sirah (Livermore Valley)
Petite Sirah is Concannon’s specialty, and their Livermore vineyard makes a California classic. The wine is varietally true, with firm, dry tannins framing massive flavors of berries, cherries, chocolate, plums and Asian spicebox. Should age effortlessly for a very long time, in a proper cellar.
Concannon 2001 Heritage Petite Sirah (Livermore Valley)
From the winery that claims to have introduced Petite Sirah as a varietal wine comes this dynamic bottling. It’s full-bodied, dry and tannic, with a deep undertow of blackberry, cherry, plum and coffee flavors, and has a complex structure. Will be beautiful with a grilled steak, but this is a wine you can stash away…
Concannon 2007 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Livermore Valley)
With serious structure and a firm grip, this 100% Cabernet from Livermore’s vaulty Concannon is a very impressive effort from a strong vintage that’s easy drinking and well integrated, tasting great right now with plenty of rich tannins, pleasing blueberry and cassis with a shot of chocolate on the finish for good…
Concannon 2001 Reserve Limited Release Merlot (Livermore Valley)
Red Bordeaux varieties can do very well in this appellation if they’ re well cared for, and Concannon has done a terrific job with this ripe, fancy Merlot. It has some big tannins, but they’re the soft, dusty kind that are drinkable now with rich foods. The blackberry flavors break out into currants and cassis.
Concannon 2000 Reserve Limited Release Petite Sirah (Livermore Valley)
From a Petite Sirah pioneer, a very nice, full-bodied wine that will age. But it’s fine now, with deep flavors of plum and herbs, and thick, dusty tannins. Earns extra points for balance and harmony.
Concannon 2009 Conservancy Chardonnay (Livermore Valley)
Jeez Louise, this is good, ripe, rich Chardonnay from a big producer in the Livermore Valley, and an amazing deal. It starts with a Burgundian nose of slight oak and citrus, then dances with intense layers of pear, vanilla and caramel toffee, a healthy dose of defining minerality throughout.
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Concannon 2008 Conservancy Chardonnay (Livermore Valley)
A very nice Chardonnay that’s dry and crisp and elegant. Shows tart, leesy flavors of citrus fruits, apricots and pears, with a steely minerality that may come from those famous Livermore rocks. Great price for a Chardonnay of this quality.
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